JayT wrote:Hello and welcome to the forum!
Quite right, the Minerva head in an octagonal reserve indicates 950 standard silver, and the maker’s name is in the lozenge-shaped reserve. The “blob” under Minerva’s chin is a symbol indicating the province where your set was manufactured. Unfortunately your images are too blurry on my monitor to tell you more than that.
Good luck in your research on this item.
blakstone wrote:Although I have never been able to identify him - the Bordeaux état civil are pretty daunting! - I recognize the mark as that of E. Maitraeau of Bordeaux, listed at various addresses on rue St. Martin and rue St. Sernin from 1856 to 1885.
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